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Cancer Treatment Centers of America hope to return to speak with area congregations

Source: Cecil Daily

Author: Dara McBride

Published: July 24, 2013

After reaching several congregations during a seminar in Cecil County last weekend, the Rev. Percy McCray, director of pastoral care with Cancer Treatment Centers of America, hopes to return to the area in the spring of 2014.

On Saturday, Pleasant View Baptist Church in Port Deposit held a free seminar with McCray and Cancer Treatment Centers of America. The seminar was open to clergy, parishioners, former and current cancer patients, caregivers and anyone affected by cancer, said Frank Esposito, who organized the event.

"Rev. McCray is a dynamic speaker and was very informative," Esposito said after the event. Esposito said McCray helped lead the seminar by sharing true stories of people who were affected by cancer.

Cancer Treatment Centers of America is a private, for-profit operator of cancer treatment hospitals and outpatient clinics to provide both conventional and alternative medical treatments. The center is headquartered in Illinois.

McCray said there were about 60 people in attendance on Saturday, but he estimates they represented about five or six area congregations. He hopes that the next event will be larger. “All of these types of gatherings are always special for this reason – they are unique to the people and the personalities,” McCray said. He said he was particularly moved when a woman in the crowd “tearfully shared the experience of losing her sister.”

McCray travels often for his work, which he said is why he will not be able to return until next spring. In the next few months, he will be in Minnesota, Indiana and Texas.

Wherever he goes, he said he hopes to inform people so they feel empowered. He said he also wants to eradicate ignorance around the subject of cancer.

“As an organization and as spiritual leaders of our organization, we want to increase dialogue,” McCray said.

For more information, McCray encouraged people to go to ourjourneyofhope.com or call 847-872-6362.

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